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Articles tagged with Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona?

That the state of things has not been good in Barcelona has been clear for all to see for some time already. The crushing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich ...

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Why Lionel Messi should prioritise the 2020 Copa America over this summer's edition

After taking Barcelona to the domestic title, the time has come for Lionel Messi to focus on the bigger prize – the Champions League, which has ...

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As Messi takes a break from international football, what now for Argentina?

One man could be forgiven for being happy that Lionel Messi is taking a break from international football. For the Argentine FA, it is bad news. This...

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End-of-season burnout a concern for Messi and Argentina ahead of the World Cup

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli came back from his recent trip to Europe, where he sat down and spoke with 28 of his players. The most important, of co...

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Risk-averse Barcelona remain decidedly set on short-term Lionel Messi reliance

When Athletic Club saw Ernesto Valverde head through the exit door in the summer, there was an immediate desire to appoint a replacement who would pro...

Why Lionel Messi is not to blame for Argentina's World Cup qualification struggles

For the last 12 minutes of Argentina’s 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela last Tuesday, Daniel Mollo of Buenos Aires’ Radio Cooperativa gave up...

6 stars who shone at the Under-20 World Cup, including Maradona and Messi

The 2017 Under-20 World Cup got under way in South Korea on Saturday, and each of the players taking part will be desperate to make a...

“We knew we were in the presence of something special” – Tim Vickery on seeing Messi before most

There are many benefits to covering South American football; its importance in society and sense of its own history, for example. But looking ahead, t...